September 29, 2014
Protests in Hong Kong continue
Students and others have taken to the streets on Hong Kong to protest China limiting democratic financial reforms among other things. The current protests were sparked by restrictions on the 2017 election for Hong Kong’s chief executive. Chinese rule over Hong Kong has been complicated since Hong Kong was returned to Chinese rule in 1997. Here’s a great explanation of the complexities. Because China doesn’t operate like the realm of logic, Instagram has been shut down in the country after pictures and videos were shared of protesters getting pepper-sprayed and tear-gassed over the weekend. Social media has also fueled protesters using the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture made infamous in Ferguson.
Uber coming to St. Louis
Lindsay Toler of the Riverfront Times reports today that Uber could be running its Uber BLACK service in St. Louis as early as October 7.
St. Louis Cardinals: National League Central Champions
The St. Louis Cardinals clinched the National League Central before game 162 against the Arizona Diamondbacks even started yesterday. St. Louis nemesis Johnny Cueto singled in the winning run and was the winning pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds early in the day over the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the division title clinched, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny sat many of his regulars, including scheduled starter Adam Wainwright. Five Cardinals pitchers combined to shutout the Diamondbacks and Pete Kozma scored the only run in the 1-0 win. The shutout was the Cardinals 23rd of the season.
The Cardinals will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series beginning Monday in Los Angeles. Wainwright will start against Clayton Kershaw. The rest of the pitching rotation is anyone’s guess. Many believe the Cardinals want Michael Wacha there, but that means a rather deserving pitcher would be left out. Joe Strauss discussed the situation on CBS920’s The Morning After this morning.
In case you were wondering, The Cardinal Way does not allow for celebrating in the opposing team’s pool.
**Update** Times for the first two games in the NLDS were just released.
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) September 29, 2014
The Equalizer opens with $35 million
Denzel Washington took the weekend box office with The Equalizer. It was the fourth-highest September debut ever. Hotel Transylvania holds the September record with a $42.5 million opening in 2012. The Maze Runner dropped 46 percent in its second weekend to finish second with $17.5 million and The Boxtrolls opened with an estimated $17.25 million to finish third in its debut. We’ll have more on the numbers on Thursday in our Weekend Movie Guide.
Missouri knocks off South Carolina
Down 13-7 entering the fourth quarter Saturday in Columbia, South Carolina, the Missouri Tigers stormed back to tie the game at 20 with 1:36 to play. Andrew Baggett, who missed a crucial field goal attempt last season against the Gamecocks, converted the point after to put the Tigers up 21-20. The Mizzou defense, stellar all game, stood strong on a last-ditch South Carolina drive to preserve the win. Missouri running back Russell Hansbrough had 3 touchdowns on the day, including two different one yard scores in the fourth. Georgia and Todd Gurley come to Columbia, Missouri on October 11 for a game that has HUGE SEC East implications.
#6 SLU wins on Homecoming behind Kristo’s two goals
The Saint Louis University men’s soccer team keep rising in various rankings around the country now hold a 7-1 record on the season. After the women’s team won 4-2 over Omaha on Saturday, the men took on Central Arkansas in the second game of the Homecoming doubleheader at Hermann Stadium. Robert Kristo scored both Billiken goals in the second half in the 2-0 win. Kristo now has six goals on the season and 33 in his SLU career. The Billikens will travel to Indiana on Wednesday for a big match against the Hoosiers. They return to Hermann this Sunday to play St. Bonaventure and open the A-10 portion of their schedule.
Derek Jeter plays final MLB game
Derek Jeter played his final game Sunday as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 9-5 in Boston. Jeter singled for hit number 3,465 in his career. The Red Sox put on a ridiculous ceremony before the game honoring Jeter. It included “Fake Aretha Franklin”. Former Cardinal Joe Kelly took the opportunity to take a selfie with Jeter and then his wife won the internet with this tweet.
You can vote for the best Joe Kelly selfie here.
Get free coffee for National Coffee Day
Whomever makes up these dumb “National Day Of” days has determined today to be National Coffee Day. Chains such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kreme and Caribou Coffee are offering free coffee today.
Phillies fans mock Braves closer Craig Kimbrel
Here’s the story.
Drunk driver rear-ends Leah Remini and JLo
Carrie Heffernan was driving Jennifer Lopez’s SUV on Saturday night when they were rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver. Lopez’s two kids were also in the vehicle. The drunk driver got out to exchange insurance information then realized who he hit. In his infinite wisdom, he hopped back in his car and drove off. Police caught up to him and arrested him.
Family Guy and Simpsons unite for season premiere
Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin came face to face last night in an epic crossover event. Here’s something to read before watching the episode, which served as the season premiere for the 13th season of Family Guy. The full episode is available on Hulu, but currently only for Hulu Plus subscribers. Here’s the trailer for “That Simpsons Guy”.
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